October 30, 2019
As the world becomes more technologically advanced and virtually connected, we have become more exposed to the different realities happening across the world. While these include things that are worth celebrating, there’s also the suffering people face.
Though we can celebrate progress in alleviating injustice and human suffering in different parts of the world, it is undeniable that the battle is far from over and we still have a long way to go. But we can still hope because God’s Word tells us of a glorious ending where all evil and suffering will end.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
Jesus was speaking to His disciples about His departure, but He also spoke of His return. He spoke of a day when He would come again and take us, so that we may be with Him for eternity.
Jesus’ return marks the end of this age. There are various perspectives on how this will take place, but the one message across these perspectives is that Jesus’ return is a reason for celebration and great hope. Here’s why:
Ultimately, justice will prevail.
After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true and just . . .”
Though many have suffered from the world’s crookedness and corruption, Jesus, the true, righteous Judge, will set all things right in His return. He will show no favoritism. All will receive their due punishment or reward, and the whole world will finally live under His perfect justice.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
As Jesus executes His righteous judgement, He will rid the world of the enemy and all forms of evil. Jesus will usher in His kingdom of perfect righteousness, joy, and peace and there will no longer be mourning, death, and pain. This is when human suffering will completely and truly end.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you . . .
1 Peter 1:3,4
While the end times will be chaotic, destructive, and violent, the Bible shows us that this will also be a time where God will reward us, His children, with a glorious inheritance that’s kept in heaven for us and everyone’s joy will be made complete in Christ.
Take heart. Life may have been cruel and evil may seem to prevail, but all these things will come to an end when Jesus returns in glory.
All kinds of abuse will end. There will be no more death. Sickness and pain will be a thing of the past.
As God said to Habakkuk, this vision awaits its appointed time. But until it comes, “the righteous shall live by faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4)
No matter how dim today may be, let us look to the future with faith and hope in Christ because He promised that “everyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame” (Romans 10:11).